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Setting up wireless MAC Filtering to permit users to connect to the wireless network on your Linksys access point

Wireless access can be filtered by using the Media Access Control (MAC) addresses of the wireless devices transmitting within your network’s radius.  You can either permit or prevent specific wireless computers access to your wireless network.

This article will guide you on how to set up Wireless MAC Filter to permit users to connect to your wireless network.  To learn how to prevent users from connecting to your wireless network, click here.

IMPORTANT:  Before setting up MAC filtering, you need to ensure the following:

  • Make sure you’ve identified all MAC addresses you wish to filter.  To learn how to find the MAC address of your wireless device, click here.
  • Make sure the wireless devices you want to allow are currently wirelessly connected to the access point and are able to access the network.

To do this, follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Access the access point’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.

NOTE:  If you are using Mac to access the access point’s web-based setup page, click here.

Step 2:
Click on Wireless > Wireless MAC Filter.

                    

Step 3:
Set Filtered MAC Address to Enable and select Permit from the options.

NOTE Permit will allow wireless connectivity to the wireless computers whose MAC addresses appear on the MAC Filter ListPrevent will deny wireless connectivity to the wireless computers whose MAC addresses are listed on the MAC Filter List.

Step 4:
Enter the MAC addresses of the wireless computer that you want to allow access to your wireless network.

 

Step 5:
Click .

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